Aquatics Director

Are you looking to advance your career in Aquatics? Our Lake Norman Y is looking for an Aquatics Director who enjoys the pools & lakefront!
Job Description

Under the direction of the Associate Executive Director and consistent with the Christian mission of the YMCA, the Aquatics Director will provide leadership, management and direction to the Aquatics Department and all related activity.  The director will also support and participate in special events and financial development activities as required.

  1. Bachelor's degree in physical education /recreation/sports management or five years of applicable experience.
  2. Must possess a minimum of two years of experience to recruit, orient, supervise, train, evaluate and recognize employees and volunteers.
  3. Must have or obtain within 6 months of hire, the following certifications: YMCA Lifeguard Instructor, YMCA Pool Operator or NC State Certified Pool Operator, Child Abuse Prevention Training and New-Hire Orientation.
  4. Must have current CPR-PR or BLS, First Aid, AED, Blood Bourne Pathogen, YMCA Lifeguard.
  5. Highly developed organizational skills and ability to motivate and develop staff.
  6. Proven ability to take initiative, demonstrate good judgment and make decisions independently utilizing established branch and association policies
  7. Demonstrated ability to develop short & long term plans with a high degree of quality, effectiveness and professionalism
  8. Ability to prepare, monitor and control budgets
  9. Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills
  10. Previous experience with personal computer applications (ie: Word Perfect Excel)


  1. Ability to pass lifeguard water test.
  2. Ability to physically obtain and maintain required certifications.
  3. Must be able to remain alert.
  4. Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time.
  5. Adequate ability to hear noises and distinguish distress signals.
  6. Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  7. Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for a water rescue.
  8. Ability to walk, stand, kneel, stoop, push, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  9. Ability to perform duties inside and outside (environments include humidity, head, cold, and inclement weather conditions).
  10. Ability to maintain continuous operations requiring attention to detail and multi-tasking.
  11. Will be exposed to cleaning supplies.
Essential Functions
  1. Responsible for the development and management of the Aquatics department for the branch.
  2. Manage and develop staff and volunteers for Aquatic area, with focus on building “team” within the department, the Branch, the Association and with volunteers.
  3. Responsible for all staff certification in required area and provide ongoing training throughout the year in Risk Management in the area of Aquatics.
  4. Oversee overall program implementation and development for the Aquatics department.
  5. Maintain adequate records to evaluate control and measure the effectiveness of the assigned areas of responsibility.
  6. Manage total maintenance operations of the pool in compliance with YMCA regulations and state and local health department regulations.
  7. Supervise and schedule the effective use of the branch pool and any offsite pools.
  8. Work with Metro Marketing department to coordinate and develop brochures and other marketing efforts for the assigned areas of responsibility.
  9. Serve as contact for the Association’s Aquatic Program Management Team and attend any required/scheduled meetings or in-service trainings
  10. Carry out special projects as assigned.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and
perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes the initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to
another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an
openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.